Yes, I can tell a story in 100K words, but I really admire those poets and songwriters who can do it in 20 to 200.
Here are a few of my favorites…
NOTE: There was no possible way for me to include all genres, all mediums, or all times. Therefore, I stuck with more modern poets who continue to pop up on my social media feeds or iTunes playlist – making me smile, cry or sometimes both.
Tyler Knott Gregson (@tylerknott)
My favorite modern poet – I have his book on my bedside table and five of his poems framed above my bed – Tyler has a quite the knack for poetry and photography. He has two series (typewriter poems and haikus) and you can follow him for a new poem each day!
Tony Ciampa (@emolabs)
Nothing accompanies beautiful words like a serene setting, and Tony’s posts focus on combining the two for the perfect piece of art.
Erin Hanson (@thepoeticunderground)
Similar to others, Erin – who goes by e.h – focuses mostly on typewriter poetry. But while Tyler focuses on the beauty of the words themselves, Erin’s poetry seems to focus on the emotion lying underneath.
Make Blackout Poetry (@makeblackoutpoetry)
If I thought normal poetry was hard, this seems like an impossible yet fun task. Searching for good words within a page and creating a poem out of them? Sign me up!
Remaining anonymous, Atticus covers too main topics: love and destiny. But no matter what mood I am in, I always seem to find one of his poems to connect with.
Nikiti Gill (@nikita_gill)
Ms. Gill is a new find for me, but the second I read her poem for “Mama” I was instantly hooked. Female poets are few and far between, and she focuses on her femininity to create her empowering masterpieces.
Say what you will about her drama or her singing voice, but damn this girl can write a song. Each and every one of her singles conveys a depth of emotion that has her listeners saying “that’s exactly what I was trying to say!”
They may not be dripping in hits like Ms. Swift, but I’ve been a fan since I listened to the song below. Their others are just as moving, and I encourage you to take a chance!
I’ll admit I am not a huge rap fan, but Eminem is a straight up poet. Anyone who plays around with rhyming and syllable count for fun (resulting in perfectly rhymed phrases like “transcendalistic tendencies” and “and bend all mystic sentence trees”) gets a mention here.
Known as the best singer/songwriter of this generation, I became obsessed with Ed’s music and lyrics after seeing him in concert with only his voice and a guitar. Each song tells a story – from a convenient and purely sexual relationship in “Don’t” to a tale of true love in “Thinking Out Loud.” The song below tells about his lifestyle and friends before he was famous and how it feels to return home.
Everyone who’s anyone has heard the song below, and it’s not even of my favorites. But it’s a significant testament to their songwriting prowess. Check out “You Found Me” and “Changing Tides” for a couple more great stories.
What songwriters/poets/short stories do you admire? Help me expand my list in the comments below!